Cassandra Beckham

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The mechanism that leads to hemopoietic failure in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is not well understood. There is evidence, however, that regulatory molecules such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, Fas (CD95), and Fas-ligand, which negatively affect hemopoiesis by way of apoptosis are upregulated. Here we analyzed marrow samples from 80(More)
A nonporous ceramic implant in rat femora was evaluated as to its ability to bond to bone. A number of morphologic techniques were utilized to examine the interfacial relationship of the implant to new bone. Transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence microscopy after tetracycline labelling were the most successful techniques. An intimate relationship(More)
The development of the synovial sheathed flexor digital tendon in the chick was studied by light and electron microscopy in 12-day embryos to 22-day post-hatched chickens. Areas of specialized connective tissue differentiation were identified in this complex structure consisting of a lubricated synovial sheath, elastic vincula and fibrocartilaginous(More)
We prospectively evaluated 169 patients with a number of screening studies performed between 71 to 121 days after allogeneic marrow transplantation to detect the development of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Group 1 patients (n = 78) were asymptomatic and had normal physical examinations at the time of screening and, with a minimum of 8 years(More)
Stromal cell lines derived from canine long-term bone marrow cultures (LTBMC) were characterized regarding the expression of growth factors and especially the localization of stem cell factor (SCF) (c-kit ligand). One cell line (DO64) was immortalized by transformation with a retroviral vector containing the open reading frames (ORFs) E6 and E7 of the human(More)
We had previously shown in a canine model that the administration of anti-MHC class II monoclonal antibody (MAB) immediately after autologous marrow transplantation prevented hemopoietic reconstitution. Since MHC class II expression in mice differs from that in dogs we were interested in determining the effect of MHC class II manipulation on posttransplant(More)
From their mode of attachment and their elastic composition, it is clear that the vincula of the chick serve other functions besides that of carrying blood vessels to the digital flexor tendons within their synovial sheaths. Evidence is presented in support of the argument that elastic fibres bear the brunt of rapidly applied tensile forces and that the(More)
Expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules is developmentally regulated and lineage dependent. Their role in hematopoiesis is not well defined. Previous studies in a canine model showed that dogs given 920 cGy of total body irradiation. transplanted with autologous marrow, and treated with anti-MHC class II monoclonal antibody(More)